Biological Anthropology

The research foci of biological anthropology faculty encompass both humans and non-human primates, with strengths in primate evolution, ecology and behavior, as well as human life history and neuroanthropology. In addition, Andrew Petto (Biological Sciences) works with students on human anatomy and physiology.

Undergraduate students can participate in the forensics certificate program, and those interested in seeking experience in practical aspects of biological anthropology may avail themselves of lower and upper level undergraduate internships at places such as the Milwaukee Zoo, the Coroner's office, and the Milwaukee Public Museum, or a medical lab.

Graduate students are drawn to our program by the opportunity to work with faculty who encourage interdisciplinary research both within the department and across disciplines. Facilities include a wet lab designed for use in genetic and hormonal studies. There is also laboratory space devoted to dissection and other techniques of functional anatomy. In addition, opportunities exist for field work in Africa.

Biological anthropology faculty research includes:

  • Primate functional anatomy and evolution (Anapol)
  • Primate genetics, life history, and behavior (Turner)
  • Neuroanthropology (Campbell)
  • Life history and hormones (Campbell, Turner)

Biological anthropology faculty are affiliated with the following programs and centers on the UWM campus: